To settle the pending issue of Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme (RDS) in Mahabubnagar district, Irrigation Minister, T Harish Rao today discussed with his Karnataka counterpart MB Patil in Bengaluru.
Harish Rao who led a team comprising Dr C Lakshma Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Achampet MLA G Balaraj and officials held discussions with the Karnataka government and urged Patil to do justice to Telangana.
Harish sought immediate release of 3 TMC waters from Narayanpur to Jurala project enabling Palamur irrigate crops. As per Bachawat award Telangana is entitled to get 15.9 tmc waters and the state failed to avail at least 5 tmc to 6 tmc so far, he explained. Harish Rao trip to Bengaluru assumes significance as Patil extended him an invitation to share irrigation waters. The key meeting is expected to have positive results on both sides and prevent recurrence of loss to Telangana to draw its rightful share of irrigation waters. Harish Rao is learnt to have said that riparian states should cooperate to protect the interests of the farmers. (NSS)